Hound replaced by Bumblebee?

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  1. NSP

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    Hound was shown as being Spikes "buddy" in the MTMTE 3-part miniseries. Then starting with the regular series.....its Bumblebee who's his "buddy". Anyone know why this happened? Was it just the writers deciding to change it? I always wonder if Hound were to stay as Spikes #1 pal......would he be as popular as Bumblebee is today? Thoughts....comments?


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    Bumblebee's toy was cheaper. It's a gateway drug of sorts. If you can hook them with a $3 toy, you're talking about the kind of price point a kid can spend his allowance or lunch money on, or the kind of price point that's an impulse buy for a parent with a whiny child at the grocery store. Hound at ~$10 was not. Hound's toy was also not really that kid friendly...lots of small accessories and brittle parts, not as cool looking to a kid as the cars or jets, and substantially smaller than almost every other toy at the same price point. Even in the context of early G1 having a lot of small/brittle parts in general, Hound had more than average. Bumblebee was comparatively pretty rock solid.

    None of that explains why they focused on Hound so much in the MTMTE miniseries to begin with though. I never really got that. They knew what toys they had to work with, and this marketing stuff isn't rocket science. The only real reason to do it is to communicate Hound's personality trait of being an Earth lover by befriending a native person, but that's kind of a weird reason to make him arguably the primary Autobot character (after Optimus Prime) on a show that was explicitly about selling more toys. It was a strange choice and personally I'm glad they changed it.
     
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    I'm just happy Hound got those episodes as a chance to shine. He was more of a background character / the hologram making guy after that.
     
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    Ya...Ive always liked Hound....and wonder if he'd been as popular as Bumblebee had he stayed Spikes "buddy".


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    Good points. Anyone else?


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    Hound has always been a favorite of mine, but maybe if he was shown all the time his charm would have worn off, so i'm glad he had his time and kinda "stepped back".
     
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    I love Hound, and I was surprised how he went from being Spike's friend in the 3-part More Than Meets the Eye episode to being a background character in the rest of the series.

    Nice that he had some screentime in which he shined, and likewise I wonder what it would have been like if he had remained in the position as Spike's friend and be more popular than Bumblebee.
     
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    Yep, toys sales. Nothing more, nothing less.
     
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    Is it because Bumblebee is "brighter"....and would appeal to kids more??


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    From a fiction stance, it is possible when you're new to a neighbourhood, that you befriend a person, but later find out you guys don't really mix, and you befriend somebody else.

    Doesn't always have to be because you start hating each other, just mixed interests.
     
  11. smkspy

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    Or that Hound was assigned missions that Spike couldn't participate in for safety reasons. Bumblebee had nothing to do, so they became friends.
     
  12. Digilaut

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    Yes. Or the proven fact Hound is a raging alcoholic at night.
     
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    I just assumed they switched to BB because that was who Buster bonded with early in the comics, and they felt it was a better fit.
     
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    Maybe when the pilot was shown to a focus group, or something similar, they thought BB was a more likable character for the kid friendly position.
     
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    Or maybe it was because Hound was a Military vehicle. Think about it.
     
  17. Digilaut

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    Hound also doesn't have a roof. What if the Decepticons shoot at him with Spike in the car!
     
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    Or Spike couldn't get over the nightmares of Hound molesting him at the Hoover Dam.

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  19. Digilaut

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    Ok, you win.
     
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    I've always preferred Hound over BB.
     

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